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By Roger Lanse

Silver City Police Chief Freddy Portillo reported at the Tuesday, Nov. 13, 2018, meeting of the Silver City Town Council, that the department is being more creative in how they can impact those areas in town that are experiencing illegal drug activity. Portillo stated the department is already working with other agencies, including the Drug Task Force. “It’s going to take some time, but we do have the ball rolling and we’re working on it. I understand the hesitation to come forward but that’s how we’re going to resolve these issues is by working with the public. And, that what our drive is -- to gain that public trust.

“You don’t always have to report to Central Dispatch,” Portillo continued. “You can always call down to the SCPD at 575-538-3723, and you can remain anonymous. They’re not recorded lines. So, there’s one avenue you can take if you’d like instead of calling Central Dispatch. Central Dispatch’s number is 575-388-8840. But, you can always contact an officer personally, if you know them, to give this information. Tips are really, really critical to solving these problems.”

The Silver City-Grant County Chamber of Commerce has chosen its 2018 award winners. The banquet on Friday, Nov. 16, still has tickets available by calling the chamber at 575-538-3785. Come support your friends and neighbors and the honored businesses in town. No tickets will be available at the door. Doors open at 6 p.m., with the banquet beginning at 6:30 p.m.

Discussion continues on new business items

By Mary Alice Murphy

Before addressing the new business item on consideration of an amendment to a motion made at the September meeting, Vance Lee, representing Hidalgo County, said he wanted to address what caught his eye about the next agenda item.

Members of the New Mexico Central Arizona Project Entity, under the second item of new business at the Nov. 8, 2018 regular meeting, were to consider amending a motion from the Sept. 4, 2018 agenda.

Discusses contract for 30 percent design or full build out of the New Mexico Unit

By Mary Alice Murphy

The regular meeting of the New Mexico Central Arizona Project Entity took place at 10 a.m. Thursday, Nov. 8, 2018.

The meeting was delayed for about 20 minutes to wait for the arrival of the entity's counsel, Pete Domenici Jr.

At the top of the agenda was public comment. Ron Troy, who introduced himself as a Grant County citizen, said he had attended the prior meeting. "Listening to the engineering report and hearing about the lack of water made me hopeful you will look at this diversion and think about the cost per acre-foot. I hope you're thinking about doing something more advantageous than push up dams. Think out of the box of combined rebar and concrete. Think about the natural resources and think about where the diversion doesn't make sense by costs."

Photos and article by Mary Alice Murphy

Manitoba Premier Brian Pallister was treated last year at Gila Regional Medical Center on about Nov. 12, after he had become lost on a trail in the Gila Wilderness after dark, fell and slid down a slope through cactus and brush. His arm was badly broken, but Gila Regional took care of him.

By Mary Alice Murphy

At a meeting at 9 a.m., members of the Advanced Air team out of California met and chatted with residents of Silver City, at the Grant County Veterans Memorial Business and Conference Center in the lobby.

"We are working hard to hit the ground running, while dotting our Is and crossing our Ts," Levi Stockton, founder and president of Advanced Air, said. He also is a pilot of the King Air 350s the service will fly. "We are doing what we said we were going to do. Our performance will speak for itself."

For the readers of the Beat who may have family or friends in the affected areas, the Beat is posting this update today with links to more information. Our prayers are with you and your loved ones.

Camp Fire: more info... Updated: November 11, 2018 10:49 am
County: Butte County
Location: Pulga Road at Camp Creek Road near Jarbo Gap
Acres Burned - Containment: 109,000 acres - 25% contained
Evacuation Info: View the latest Incident Update for current information on evacuations, evacuation centers, and road closures.

According to a Grant County Sheriff’s Office news release, on Nov. 8, 2018, at approximately 1:21 a.m., Grant County sheriff’s deputies were dispatched to Manzano’s RV Park in Arenas Valley, NM, in reference to a female who was unresponsive and not breathing. On deputies’ arrival, it was found that Stephanie Murillo, 51, was deceased. Next of kin has been notified. The body was taken to the Office of the Medical Investigator for autopsy. At this time the Grant County Sheriff’s Office is investigating this matter and will release further information as it becomes available. Sheriff Raul Villanueva is asking anyone with information about this incident to please contact the GCSO at 575-574-0100 or Central Dispatch at 575-388-8840.

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